Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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Since the early twentieth-century, Pentecostalism has had a growing presence in Brazil. The Brazilian religious landscape expresses an amazing and vital diversity. Such diversity is not a recent invention or even a re-invention of something forgotten in the past, but a continuous result of Brazilian cultural history that, through a process of the interpenetration and accommodation of various religious traditions, shaped the formation of the “Brazilian folk-religions” (Bastide 2007).

The Catholicism transplanted to Brazil by the Portuguese colonizers reflected the Europea…

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Ayres Mattos, Paulo, “Brazil”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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